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pressing for peace in syria prime minister cameron meets president putin in saatchi to find a solution to the ongoing conflict adding to a momentum created by russia's president and the u.s. secretary of state john kerry. general election campaigning wraps up and pakistan to have a milestone democratic vote that's already been dubbed one of the deadliest in the country's history. and sound out of this world technical problems the crew of the international space station prepare for a space walk to deal with a leaky cooling system. at
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a six pm in moscow you're watching our team with me marina joshie welcome to the program. u.k. prime minister david cameron is in russia to try and thrash out a pass to peace in war torn syria together with russian president vladimir putin the two leaders met to discuss the conflict in the black sea resort of saatchi discussing key steps to tackle the conflict will bring you more from our correspondent who's been following their talks a little later in the program meantime britain and russia's efforts to work together as london remains insistent that the syrian government has very likely used chemical weapons while suggesting the rebels did the spy in a recent u.n. probe revealed evidence indicating opposition forces could have used nerve gas already sarah first reports. well the prime minister said to m.p.'s in the house of commons recently that there's
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a growing body of limited but persuasive evidence that the syrian regime has used and continues to use chemical weapons now the u.n. war crimes investigators have said that as yet they've reached new conclusions as to whether either side has indeed used chemical weapons now the one day talk is taking place at a time when there is a growing calls for some form of diplomatic progress to be made in place saif again to be very much focused on not the prime minister's spokesman saying the u.k. considers russia an important player when it comes to these discussions despite this russian the has certainly had a fractious past when it comes to the topic of syria i would urge the russians in the russian government even at this late stage to look very carefully at why keeps doing what it's looking to do in syria. the longer this goes on the stronger the case becomes for lifting the arms embargoes on the national coalition on the syrian
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opposition if we're left with no other alternative to that so say coming at a time when the u.k.'s been seen to try to step up efforts to bring an end to the e.u. arms embargo that would then allow the supply of weapons to the forces a face to the syrian regime a lot of concern from some here in the country and indeed internationally as to who exactly would close to cheat the legitimate opposition given that there's say much concern surrounding the other elements inside the country that are also confusing the extremely fractured picture that we're seeing playing out as the syrian conflict continues nonetheless the two sides are going to be pushing ahead with these talks whether or not they'll be able to put that fractious past behind them and come to something greenman remains to be seeing but the u.k. prime minister's restated his commitment to trying to find some form of diplomatic progress moving forward. on the u.k.'s idea of unleashing our flow of lethal aid to
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the syrian opposition is fueling fears yours may fall into the wrong hands with many experts pointing out that al qaida lng groups have growing influence they are russia and european politics professor richard software says the rebels in syria are radicalizing in the west has only been making the situation worse. we do know quite a lot about the details of some of the groups involved though the details of the dynamics between them we know very little we do know that the various militant al-qaeda affiliated groups are strengthening because they have been the most years alone what has been the greatest tragedy of this whole thing over the last two or so years is that there has been and always was some boom in the middle and this is now being squeezed out in part of the fault of the policy of the west and it's not only their fault but clearly they have not facilitated those who are willing to
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negotiate and to go to the table so therefore the evidence of the last few days are the first glimmer of hope exact somehow or other that some sort of negotiated settlement could emerge out of this because syria's very difficult libya it's very difficult. you have a very powerful stable forces internally which are beginning now to find trying to find a past to post conflict situation and there i hope that this visit today if they're ever going with you asher and with groups we can begin to facilitate this sort of passed out of conflict there is a way out but it means that all sides have to start changing and be willing to give and take a bit more or less not cross live here like here. is our correspondent and he's following the talks between the british prime minister david cameron and russian president vladimir putin take place and such so let's see give us the latest i mean
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have a to countries manage to find some common ground. well literally seventy two hours after leaving to putin met the u.s. state secretary john kerry in moscow david cameron the british prime minister came to the city of sochi the host of the winter twenty fourteen olympics that's where the russian president will be meeting most of his international colleagues in the coming months and the biggest intrigue of this meeting was whether david cameron eventually after the talks would sing to the same tune as john kerry did in moscow in fact many experts have said after the meeting in moscow that the harsh rhetoric coming from both sides over the past several months has somewhat softened and eventually the science of managed to agree on holding an international conference by the end of the of this month to have both members of the syrian opposition and members of the syrian government at the same negotiation table in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in syria well this came of course after months of criticism by russia that the western countries have been supporting only
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one side of this conflict that is the side of the syrian rebels and also there were calls to arm the syrian rebels to provide them with military training and even possibly intervene into the conflict by force now after all this criticism david john kerry in moscow said that he did not want to see that washington did not want to see assad in power but he agreed that it is the will of the syrian people which must choose the future for the country the same thing which we heard from david cameron here in sochi who acknowledged that there are differences of opinion still on the syrian issue between london and moscow but still the principle agreement is that the syrian people must be the ones to choose their future their government not any outside force and that he fully supported the international conference which we're expecting by the end of this month so definitely this signals a huge breakthrough in the whole saga concerning the relations between russia and
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the west on the syrian conflict after months of harsh rhetoric we're seeing that the positions have been closing in all right i think very much indeed for bringing us the very latest from the talks taking place and such a between russian president vladimir putin and british prime minister david cameron . and as russia and the u.k. see a common approach as we just heard to ending the syrian conflict the u.s. is taking a step back and its support for the country's opposition we examine why washington seems more reluctant to use force in the region and the increasing radical threat among those looking to oust president asad all that much more coming up your way shortly. election campaigning in pakistan may be done and dusted but deadly bomb blasts are striking terror across the rest of nation on the eve of the parliament poll a motorbike stuffed with explosives detonated near a political party offices in the country's north killing at least four and wounding many others the latest in the shrink of terrorist attacks they have the votes which
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marks pakistan's first democratic power transition well here is a brief inside into the top positions on the ballot list so far one of the front runners is the ruling socialist story out of pakistan people's party which was founded and so far led by the powerful bhutto family however they are expected to be outmaneuvered by the pakistan muslim league and headed by two time former prime minister nawaz sharif he's looking to score points by turning his back on washington and its war on terror in the region the dark horse though of the race also playing the anti-u.s. card is cricket legend turned politician and drone activist imran khan with his movement for justice supported by pakistan's military corresponds to pakistan to see how the country has been approaching the landmark election. week after week
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these are the images the world has seen coming out of pakistan victims of a brutal wave of violence bomb blasts rippling across the country this is supposed to be a time of triumph for a country that's gearing up for its first ever democratic transition from one elected government to another but recent bomb and gun attacks by militants against religious minorities and secular politicians have called the country's stability into question and sown fear among pakistani voters. everyone is scared of bombs and nobody feels safe so very few people go and vote because they're scared and go to knows who will be the winner. the pakistani taliban has vowed to target the country secular parties and they've made good on that threat the awami national party or the and p. has borne the brunt of the attacks forced to campaign in the shadows. we can't campaign we can't arrange meetings all parties are doing rallies with millions of people but we can only do them with two hundred men and even when we do that
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terrorists still target us but isn't this the parties have been targeted to this is the aftermath of an attack against a political party seen as being sympathetic to the taliban but the latter have condemned democracy as a whole meaning any political party taking part in the elections could be considered fair game by the militant group more than six hundred thousand security personnel including fifty thousand soldiers have been deployed during the election to guard against attacks but that's not exactly a comforting sight for a country that's been ruled by the military for almost half its life as an independent state the violence isn't just political in a country where the majority faith is islam religious minorities have accused the mainstream political parties of not doing enough to protect them against attacks that could hurt the ruling party in the polls. that people's party iron. parties. made the positive. but give us security for the non muslim and
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christians or them of these but the issues that may shape the outcome of the vote are more clear cut pakistan's economy has been battered by three years of successive floods which severely damaged agricultural heartlands power cuts are endemic with some rural areas getting only four hours of electricity per day clean water and food education and health care remain out of reach for many pakistanis crime and unemployment are huge issues in the cities all the main parties have vowed to tackle these bread and butter issues but few have outlined exactly how leaving voters skeptical it's election time politicians make promises to get votes get their seats and then they forget everything about nearly five thousand candidates are running for pakistan's lower house of parliament and more than ten thousand hopefuls are angling for seats in pakistan's four provincial assemblies when it comes to the job of prime minister polls indicate that it's a showdown between former cricket legend imran khan and former prime minister nawaz
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sharif the latter seems to be heading to victory but khan has ridden a wave of popularity among younger voters with its promise to clamp down on corruption it's a tight race that's been overshadowed by violence a landmark election that is proven so far to be the bloodiest in the country's history the attacks are a stark reminder that politics and pakistan is a dangerous game and that democracy can be deadly music out front of our t.v. islamabad pakistan why american drone strikes a major issue in the country's election campaign and a huge hurdle in relations between pakistan and the us have a declared illegal by pakistani court according to washington drones are used to wipe battle qaida and taliban fighters but pakistan blames them for scores of civilian deaths at r t dot com or you could have your say on the u.s. led drone wars well so far let's take a look at how the voting is going and as you. you can see the vast majority of our
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viewers see the drone strikes as nothing but a war crimes eighty two percent and slightly under tamper sand thing the operations give a mixed result but allow the pakistani government to kill its anime's at minimal cost and a bit less consider drones the only option for fighting extremists in remote areas well finally very few of our voters believe they are fundamentally justified but need to be more precise well let us know what you think on the issue by logging on to our website r.t. dot com. and coming out here in the program the international space station springs a leak omonia is pouring from the i assassin it's not the first time r.t. shaun thomas has all the facts and figures on a two decade old space mission after the break. also ahead in the wake of the boston bombing cities in the u.s. push for more surveillance cameras but many question whether big brother equipment will only create the illusion of safety that's in just
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a few minutes here in r t don't go away. the civilized world produces more foods that it needs. while people die of hunger in other countries. millions of victims every year. where a meal is the most treasured. is flood or droughts to blame. it was a bad year without a trained we couldn't plods anything but that. there was great hunger. it was a good help comes too late and without good intentions. charity diplomacy and business to.
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welcome back you're watching r.t. line from moscow for you as a fan secretary chuck hagel has ruled out military action against syria but stressed that a political solution is more viable the panic on chief added that the country's collapse is becoming an increasingly real possibility with a war they are becoming war sick terry and and it's got its you can now explains washington remains reluctant to get further involved in the conflict after the administration all but accused the assad government of having used chemical weapons
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vice president joe biden now says quote we don't know for certain whether they were used by some of the opposition including the radicals who have aligned themselves with all qaida this is probably the first time we hear someone in the administration talk about the possibility that the rebels may have used chemical weapons just a few days ago the white house press secretary was responding to the findings of the u.n. human rights investigation which said serry nerve gas may have been used by the rebels in syria and he basically brushed off the report saying it's quote highly likely that all such forces were behind it that has also been the narrative perpetuated in the media last week chuck hagel said the administration is considering arming the opposition also this week a bill was introduced in the senate that would authorize exactly that chuck hagel delivered a speech at the this conference in washington where several commanders of the free syrian army were also invited in that speech he did not mention or means the rebels he said this turk which are kerry and russian foreign minister lavrov announced
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they will seek to convene an international conference with representatives of the syrian government and the opposition to determine how to implement a political transition in syria. using the full range of tools the united states will continue to work toward achieving our goal of ending the violence and helping the syrian people transition to a post to sort of forty so we see there is a build up of hope for this conference which will presumably take place sometime at the end of may both washington and moscow said they're working on it but as far as the syrian opposition so far they have not clearly come out in favor of a political solution also it's not clear how the idea of a political solution something that washington says it wants to achieve can coexist with the idea of flooding the conflict with more weapons because when you give them or arms the messages go fight the messages not stop fighting so it seems that arming the rebels contradicts the core message of this geneva communique and both
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washington and moscow say they want this upcoming conference to be based on that geneva communique and that message is basically stop fighting and find a political solution well moscow's night skies lit up with an amazing pyrotechnic show on r.t. dot com you can see the dazzling victory day fireworks display which marked sixty years since the defeat of nazi germany well we've also got moving words imo collections from the veterans themselves. and just a click away will be your first row seat to watch out where time of solar eclipse if you missed it this time around the phenomenon is expected to visit earth in about twenty years time of course alternatively you can log onto our t dot com for more pictures. while the international space station has sprung a leak of a six man crew reported to ground control in thursday when white flakes were seen
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escaping from the structure russian and american x. parents are meeting to troubleshoot what one flight director has called a very serious defect here's our thomas was more on this orbital odyssey. from the area where they saw this coming from they determined that it was a coolant leak specifically an ammonia type of wind in the to be system. system that they've had problems with in the past now it is something that they're looking at it is pretty serious but nasa says that astronauts are not in danger at this time now in order to fix it there's a couple things they can do they can shut the system down they can go to backup systems or redundancies they can also do a spacewalk but the problem is that it takes two nasa astronauts to do a spacewalk of this specific type right one of the nasa astronauts is leaving on tuesday so if they're going to do it they have to do it pretty quick what this system does is it cools the electronics that deal with the big solar arrays which provide power to the space station so if this doesn't get fixed if something goes
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wrong there could be some serious consequences but in two thousand and six they did notice a problem with this same thing it was fixed in two thousand and eleven they went up with the idea to top it off and then periodically top off this ammonia leak as they needed but then it developed more problems pretty rapidly they did a spacewalk they fix the problem there's no idea now they don't know if this current problem is still part of the same problem or if it's a different problem with the same system. well following the terror attack on the boston marathon cities across the u.s. are looking to blanket the streets was more surveillance cameras are authorities are at odds with privacy advocates who are concerned that monitoring every step will create more problems than it solves are says moreno portnoy investigates the video surveillance market in the u.s. has been permanently expanding for more than i decade and here at the new york city a s i s exhibition and conference we are getting an up close look at some of the most latest and cutting edge surveillance technology that is being displayed by many security professionals that technology of course includes facial recognition
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iris scanning high definition close circuit cameras and other software that was once only seen in side by move stuff some would say it's appropriate for the sight of it to be taking place in new york city because after all it was the mayor of the big apple that recently said he wanted to expand the amount of surveillance cameras that were off throughout the city of course those comments came in the aftermath of the boston terrorist attack and the mayor of new york is just one of many officials throughout the united states that are only for surveillance we spoke with some professionals that are here displaying their surveillance technology they say they have already seen up the. holes and increase and of course that can equate to a peak in sales i hate to say it but our phones have been ringing off the hook since the tragedy and you know it's it's an unfortunate thing but people are starting to think now how they should have been thinking all along you know to be able to
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provide a safe environment you have to think ahead is there going to be more surveillance cameras deployed and the answer to that is yes because the lessons learned have shown us that if you have a bench recording. you can go back and find information that might not have been pertinent while you thought you were filming it but all the sudden if an event happens you need all the information. experts estimated that this industry would reach revenues of more than twenty that billion dollars white twenty sixteen but now those numbers are being recalculated to be projected even higher because of the terrorist attacks that took place in boston as government spending on video surveillance is expected to surge tension between law enforcement officials and privacy advocates is also expected to freeze critics say that the american public has been forced to see privacy and civil liberties in the name of national security
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but the payoff hasn't been big after all america's web of spy cams failed to prevent the boston terrorist attacks and even when the f.b.i. finally revealed images of the suspects they needed the public's help to identify according to new york bring up or not our take. and i'll take a look at some other stories from around the world the u.k. says it will remove nonessential embassy staff from libya's capital tripoli the city is seen mowing political uncertainty and violence over recent months including a car bomb attack on france's amnesty britain's announcement comes just hours after a bomb targeted a police station in the eastern city of benghazi where two similar attacks of taking place this month. rescuers have found another survivor among the dhaka garment factory rubble the woman survived seventeen days without food or water trapped under the debris or more than a thousand others died this comes as local authorities are forced to carry out
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d.n.a. tests on decaying bodies still being extracted from the devastated factory building the e.u. made recipient of the country's garman's as threatened bangladesh with sanctions for insufficient stay few standards but has yet to act. thousands have gathered in belgrade to protest the handover of serbian territory to cost of authorities this comes as the two governments agree on a brussels brokered treaty to normalize regional relations else of pave the way for a serious e.u. accession bid egremont leaves fifty thousand ethnic serbs under a cost of own rule and region prone to ethnic strife belgrade however remains adamant at its refusal to recognize cost of a as an independent state. now just a few minutes we continue our look at the recent famine which ravaged the horn of africa don't go away.
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you know i've been asked a few times if i believe in conspiracy theories which is kind of an odd question i mean just in general believe in conspiracy theories like all of them even the ones that contradict each other i mean j.f.k. could have been killed by the mob the cia the k.g.b. and various secret societies at the same time or could he have been no it's just declare themselves official conspiracy theories that's silly obviously it isn't good just go around fishing for evil plots to explain every situation the mainstream media sure does lie a lot but i think they're telling the truth about that whole sky being blue thing but on the other hand if you never question what the glowing box in your house tells you that just makes you a sucker the kind of sucker who bought that there were magical mysterious invisible weapons of mass destruction in iraq and you know what in all honesty there's
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actually been real evil conspiracies that have been exposed like the tuskegee experiment and the fascist coup attempt against president roosevelt in one nine hundred thirty s. over all people think it spirity theories are matter of belief but actually they're completely a matter of facts and there's a lot of good evidence to support a conspiracy and good arguments that maybe you should consider it but if someone tells you the president is actually a rip tell him from the cosmos yeah you might want to just stay away from that one but that's just my opinion. according to the law usaid is allowed to procure up to seventy five percent american products and transport them only on american ships. and that means that the shippers have a lot of interest in food aid policy and have been an incredibly effective lobby to fight for the status quo of sourcing in and shipping from the united states the
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u.s. government is the only government in the world that hasn't made substantial movements in the direction of enabling local procurement of food aid in developing countries in order to respond faster and more cheaply to food emergencies as they arise. so even today the food must first be balt then loaded on a ship in american harbor and then travel for several months in order to reach africa. that would be approximately four to six months from when it has been termed that we want to participate in in a particular appeal and so when the food arrives. the g.a.o. where mr leto works issued a report which presented the problem to congress president bush tried to change the system so that a portion of the food would be procured from local markets and arrive faster and
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cost less. they failed and they failed because of the lobbying efforts the highly successful and very sophisticated lobbying efforts of those who benefit from the status quo and u.s. food aid programs from the american taxpayers' money only forty percent goes for the purchase of food aid for the starving people in africa the remaining sixty percent goes to the shipping companies. no i was. not.

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